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Venturing into PCI Express...

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Mklangelo, Jul 31, 2006.

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  1. Mklangelo

    Mklangelo Banned Thread Starter

    Sep 16, 2005
    This is the first system I've built in a couple years short of swapping out parts from the graveyard of components and upgrading RAM.
    It's time I built a PCI E based system. I've been a dedicated ASUS/AMD man for years. The board will power my latest greatest system for online gaming and for meager personal use such as the occasional use of MS Office 2003.
    I've been an ATI user for quite awhile so I'm going to go with the NVidia chipset.

    Since I'm a newdcommer to the PCI Express world, I'd like some opinions on the mobo's I'm considering if you would:

    I'm leaning toward the A8N5X. I'm not much of an Overclocker, so the Precision Tweaker feature isn't a real selling point for me, but it's nice to know the option is there.

    Or the A8R32-MVP Deluxe.

    any one out there have any experience on these boards? I'd like your opinions please!

    Feel free to make any recomendations if you would like.


    Thanks in advance.
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    I have the A8R32-MVP Deluxe, it works fine for me. I have one problem, but it's not the board's fault, I have the sound stuttering issue with the AMD dual-core processor, which seems to be a common issue with dual-core machines. If you're planning on a dual-core AMD, DON'T get a nVIdia nForce4 based MB! I went through two of them before I finally realized why my USB drives caused the machine to crash, that's why I have this board.
  3. Mklangelo

    Mklangelo Banned Thread Starter

    Sep 16, 2005
    Well, the ATI Crossfire chipset is a good way to go then since I probably will end up going with a Dual Core cpu. Maybe I should stick with ATI then for the Vid Card.

    To this day the best dollar I have spent on a Vid card has been my dusty but trusty 9800 Pro. I just had it in my head to give the 6800 GT a try, since it's in my price range, but now that I'm going PCI-E, my choices just opened quite a bit.

    As always, thanks for the two centavos!

    EDIT: The possibility of simultaneously running two external PCI-E vid cards is intriguing, to say the least...
  4. mooml


    Jun 16, 2005
  5. Rich-M


    May 3, 2006
    I have the same board with no sound stutterring problem and I am using an ATi video card as well. Great board.
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